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“Love under a tree !!”
Review of Bridge Tender Inn

Bridge Tender Inn
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Voted #1 Bar & Grill 4 years in a row! Established in 1989 - The Bridge Tender Inn and Dockside Bar is a favorite among locals and visitors from all over the world. Serving fresh seafood, great appetizers, and some of the best entrees, munchies and sandwiches around! The Bridge Tender Inn offers 3 full service bars on the water and live entertainment daily. There are docks available so come by land, by sea or by foot to experience a true hidden Treasure.
Reviewed April 11, 2016

How can you not love a bar in and under a tree?? We love it here and find our bikes headed down here often. The staff is nice and work hard. The drinks are good and the food we have tried has been good. The black bean soup is so good. I don't order black bean soup anywhere else but this is so good. The vibe is very chill and they do fun things such as trivia night and live music.

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Thank webfeet
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Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2016

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender and enjoying the ambiance of Sarasota Bay at our Dockside Bar! We are glad to hear you enjoy our drinks and food, especially our Black Bean Soup! Most think it's the best ever! It is also great to know our wait staff is attentive! We do have trivia with prizes every Wednesday 'Under the Tree' at 3, and live music 7 nights a week. Thank you for writing a review! We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed April 11, 2016

We stopped here one night. We were a party of 8 and they accommodated us quickly.

We like the atmosphere. They had a guy singing and playing the guitar.

The food was good. I would call it pub food with some restaurant type dishes. I had the Crab burger and it was good.

I would stop here again if I was in the Bridge St area,

Thank Ginette M
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Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2016

Thank you for visiting our restaurant! We are glad to hear your large party was accommodated quickly during our busy season. It is great to hear you all enjoyed the music, food, and that you especially enjoyed the Crab Burger! We have music nightly and sometimes twice on weekends! Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We look forward to seeing you again when you're in our area!

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Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

The food was great! Loved the site of the bay and boats as we ate! Food was perfect! The owner was from Wisconsin and we loved that!! The grouper Reuben sandwich was awesome! As was the blackened mahi mahi tacos!

Thank Jill R
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Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2016

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender! It's great to hear you enjoyed your Grouper Reuben Sandwich and the Blackened Mahi Mahi Tacos! We are also happy you enjoyed the ambiance of Sarasota Bay! We are definitely a Packer Bar as our owner is a huge fan! Game days are so much fun with free Jello shots when our Packers score. Thank you for taking your time to write a review!

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Reviewed April 9, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant had two extremes. First our food was over 90 minutes from when we ordered it until it got to our table. Our waitress said we were lucky since the wait time had gone up to three hours right after we ordered!! Unfortunately this was no exaggeration . The good part: 1 good chowder 2. Great Mahi tacos and 3. Decent garlic shrimp pasta.

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Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2016

Thank you for visiting the Bridge Tender! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our Clam Chowder, Mahi Tacos and Shrimp Pasta! It does get 'crazy' for most of the restaurants on our island during our season due to the overwhelming visitors. Our wait staff is instructed to inform our diners the average wait is 1-2 hours. We seat our customers almost immediately & signs/flyers inform the wait time for "anything from our kitchen" may be 1 hour or more. Large parties between 6-8 pm are overwhelming to even the larger restaurants on the island. Our options during this 2-3 week period is to have our customers wait 1-2 hours while seating is available or be seated and are comfortable and have drinks while they wait. Anyone that comes in before 5:30 is seated and have the same meal in a reasonable time. We appreciate your waiting, and hope you understand we are trying our best! Thank you for writing this review!

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Reviewed April 4, 2016 via mobile

After reading so many good reviews we headed here for a family evening meal. We got a table in the main dining room straight away. Lots of screens showing a basketball game, which pleased my son. Although being told that food could take up to 1 hour we were served immediately, our drinks arrived quickly, followed very shortly after by our food, which was great. I had the crab cakes, my wife the grouper sandwich and my children had the hot dog. None of us were disappointed. We then had two puddings shared between the four of us. Both the Godiva chocolate slice and the key lime pie were enormous and delicious.
The only slight negative was that we felt a bit rushed. The staff were obviously trying to ensure there were enough tables for the later diners. Other than that, good value for money.

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Bridgetender303, Social Media Director at Bridge Tender Inn, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2016

We appreciate your visiting the Bridge Tender for dinner, and were seated promptly in our main dining area. It is quite gratifying to know that you and your family enjoyed all of your menu choices, and that our wait staff was attentive! Many feel we have the best food on the island and a great value for the money! We are quite busy during our season, thus the wait staff is indeed trying to make sure everyone is served. Thank you so much for writing this review! Please visit with us again in the future!

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